Chastity Mansfield I'm a writer, an amateur designer, and a collector of trinkets that nobody else wants. You can find me on Noozeez, and Twitter.

It looks like another Apple feature is coming to Xiaomi’s smartphones

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Whenever Apple releases a new product or introduces a new feature, you’re pretty much guaranteed to see Xiaomi do the same thing shortly after, and that looks to be the case for Apple’s new Force Touch technology. To be fair, Apple neither the first company to put a force-sensitive display on one of its smartphones, nor the one to develop that technology, but it was the company that made it a sought-after feature. That’s why so many companies have been announcing their own Force Touch-like technology, and rumor has it that Xiaomi will be the next to do so. 

The idea of having a force-sensitive display on a smartphone seems to gain a lot of grip now that Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have been released with “3D Touch” in tow. In fact, the first smartphone maker to utilize force-sensitive display technology was Huawei, who beat Apple to it by a few weeks with the release of the Mate S. However, Apple’s 3D Touch will be much more exposed to the public, which means it has a greater chance to become a sought-after feature, soon to be adopted by more and more OEMs. Sure enough, according to recent reports, Samsung is most likely considering fitting the upcoming Galaxy S7 with a similar force-sensing technology, which seems to have been patented back in 2014. More to the matter at hand, however, fresh rumors have it that Xiaomi will join the Force Touch bandwagon too; either with its own proprietary technology or with the help of Synaptics. According to a well-known Chinese tipster, Xiaomi has patented a new technology similar to Apple’s 3D Touch. The source doesn’t give any other details on the matter, so it’s unclear whether Xiaomi will develop its own force-sensing technology from the ground up, or if it will partner up with Synaptics and utilize the company’s “ClearForce” technology.

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